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What medical alert system does AARP recommend?

Are you or someone you love a member of AARP, or do you rightly respect the opinion of the AARP? If so, perhaps you’re wondering,

“Are medical alert systems recommended by the AARP?”

By Richard Stancik, medicalalert123.comaarp logoaarp logo

If so, that’s for good reason! After all, the AARP does do technology reviews. If you’re a member of AARP then likely you respect their opinions, otherwise why be a member! Although they do not strongly emphasize one brand over another, the AARP website does acknowledge the value of having a medical alert system.

The following is an exerpt of an article about medical alert systems from AARP.org: 

How to choose from AARP

Personal emergency alert devices, such as the Philips Lifeline pendant Daniel Schorr used, can help older adults to remain independent and in their own homes. The devices also are reassuring to adult children who know that if an aging parent suffers a fall or, worse, a stroke or heart attack, immediate help and medical attention will be summoned.

But doctors, aging experts and even company officials emphasize that while medical alert systems can save lives, the key to their success is a motivated user. The much-mimicked “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” TV commercials raised awareness of the problem but also created a stigma, they say.

 Falling and the fear of falling

Falls among older people are a huge problem. More than one in three adults 65 and older will fall in a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two-thirds will fall again within six months. Falls can result in debilitating injuries such as broken hips and head trauma. Moreover, people who fall and lie helpless for hours or days can suffer serious complications, including dehydration, hypothermia, pressure ulcers, muscle breakdown and renal failure, says geriatrician and associate professor Bruce Kinosian, of the University of Pennsylvania.

The elderly mother of Ventura County, Calif., psychiatrist Marc Rosenthal, 58, was discovered alone in her bedroom, dehydrated, injured and barely conscious a full day after she suffered a fall and stroke last June.

Because of the delayed discovery, “she had missed the window in which strokes can be aggressively treated to minimize or counter the effects of interrupted blood flow to the brain,” Dr. Rosenthal says. His mother, who before the stroke had no serious health conditions, now lives with him and his wife.

ADT medical alert system

ADT medical alert system

AARP does, in fact recommend the Companion Service available through ADT (a trusted source of home security services)”

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Click here to download the ADT Companion Services Brochure for our special offer!

Click here to download the ADT Companion Services Brochure for our special offer!

Below is a comparison of the Companion service from ADT, Lifestation, and Freedom alert:

Monitoring Agreement:

Lifestation medical alert system:

Month to month, with only 1 month cancellation notice.

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

No monitoring agreement, Freedom alert is a system that you program to call the numbers you desire

ADT Companion Service:

Typically, a monitoring agreement is required.

Activation Fee:

 

Lifestation medical alert system:

NONE

 

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

No fees other than the initial purchase of the medical alert system itself.

ADT Companion Service:

Click here to download the ADT Companion Services Brochure for our special offer!

Click here to download the ADT Companion Services Brochure for our special offer!

Operating Range:

Lifestation medical alert system:

Up to 400 feet.

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

Up to 600 feet!

ADT Companion Service:

Up to 300 feet.

Backup Battery Standby power time:

Lifestation medical alert system:

Up to 32 hours.

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

24 hours.

ADT Companion Service:

12 to 20 hours.

Price:

Lifestation medical alert system:

$29.95/MONTH regularly, but $25.95/MONTH paid annually and with discounts.

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

NO MONTHLY FEES, $299.00 suggested retail cost upfront.

ADT Companion Service:

Monitoring:

Lifestation medical alert system:

24/7 and 365 Days/year  UL approved monitoring center owned by Lifestation and 2 AGENTS PER CALL

Freedom Alert medical alert system:

FreedomAlert

Not Applicable

ADT Companion Service:

24/7 and 365 Days/year  with 4 centers and highly respected professional monitoring company

Summary:

In terms of technology, quality, functionality, and options, these systems all have a lot to offer. Of course,  the biggest difference between the Freedom Alert medical alert system and either the ADT Companion Service or Lifestation medical alert system is the monitoring service.
ADDITIONALLY,
This comparison is not meant to imply that the ADT medical alert service is inferior or to in any way disparage the ADT reputation. Our goal is to do a comparison that informs you of your options. With Lifestation, you get the same quality in a monitored service as you would with the ADT Companion Service for less money, and with FreedomAlert, you get long term savings with an industry leading two way system!


medical alert article on wikipedia

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